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TRUE OR FALSE: Gangster Bugsy Siegel built the Flamingo Hotel & Casino.
FALSE. The Flamingo was the vision of Hollywood Reporter and Los Angeles nightclub owner Billy Wilkerson, a compulsive gambler who ran out of money with construction of his hotel half finished. Out of necessity he partnered with mobster Bugsy Siegel, only to later be strong-armed away from the project. Although Siegel did all he could to make himself the sole public face of the Flamingo, Wilkerson’s name was on the matchbooks when the casino opened on Christmas Eve 1946.